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Leading National Hunt Trainers

Fulke Walwyn, Fred Winter and Martin Pipe are just three names who have dominated the national hunt scene down the years winning multiple titles betweeen them, but these days there are a whole new breed of top jumps trainers who continually raise the bar in national hunt racing.

We take a look at some of the leading national hunt trainers who are dominating the sport today.

Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls has fast become one of the most successful trainers in the history of national hunt racing and has already won the Cheltenham Gold Cup four times already. Nicholls affiliation with top jockey Ruby Walsh has seen the Ditcheat stable go from strength to strength and they have teamed up twice for Gold Cup glory with the legendary Kauto Star.

Read more about Paul Nicholls rise to the top


Nicky Henderson

Having trained his first winner in 1972 it's testament to Nicky Henderson's talents that he still sits at the top of national hunt racing. In that time he has amassed over 30 winners at the Cheltenham Festival and is widely regarded as one of the top trainers ever to have graced the game.  Now aided by leading national jockey Barry Geraghty, Henderson continues to breed success from his Seven Barrows stable.

Profile of the racing trainer Nicky Henderson


Willie Mullins

King of the bumpers Willie Mullins is now seen as the leading Irish national hunt trainer as he continues to train winners of some of the top races. His success grew thanks to his most successful inmate Florida Pearl, who was a multiple Grade One winner and since then he has enhanced his stable with some top notch jumpers. The leading lights in the stable now include the wonder mare Quevega and Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly.

Profile of the Horse Racing Trainer Willie Mullins


Jonjo O'Neill

Not many people have been able to venture from the weighing room to the training ranks and hold successful careers in both, but Jonjo O'Neill is one person who has managed the feat. A very successful national hunt jockey, O'Neill then moved to training and his CV shows it is something that he has done with aplomb and is now seen as one of the top trainers in the UK aided by stable jockey AP McCoy.

Profile of the leading trainer Jonjo O'Neill


David Pipe

Following in the footsteps of his legendary father Martin, David Pipe would've have been forgiven for starting with a lull, but it was not the case as the Pond House handler has quickly propelled himself into becoming one of national hunt's leading trainers. A Grand National to his name already, the up-and-coming trainer is sure to become a future champion trainer as he looks to emulate his father's 15 leading trainer titles.

Read how David Pipe took over the reins at Nicholashayne

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